Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 26
  1. #1
    Senior Member Bolo Grubb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Tucson, AZ
    Posts
    1,743
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Rain gear. Give me some good suggestions for rain gear.

    With all the rain we have had the last few days in Tucson, I realize that I need some decent rain gear for cycling.

    Most of my commute rides range between 2 miles and 12 miles. I would like to get to work mostly dry and mostly clean. This is all pavement riding but the rain washes alot of dirt and road grim to the sides of the road.

    What do you suggest?

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Location
    England
    Posts
    12,074
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Fenders will keep you (+bike and clothing clean)
    The amount of waterproofing you need depends on the temp. For cold temps you need waterproofs, for milder tems, water resistance is adaquate and more comfortable since no waterproof is sufficiently breathable.
    In colder weather, water proof or resistant pants can be useful.
    Feet get wet and cold. racers use overbooties but these are a hastle to use on every ride.
    waterproof socks are a good solution if your footwear leaks.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Buffalo NY
    My Bikes
    Gerry Fisher Nirvana, LeMond Buenos Aires
    Posts
    1,035
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I just upgraded to a set of rain pants from J & G CYCLEWEAR. These are made on the USA and are replacing a cheapy set from Coleman that tore after 4 or 5 uses. I did not get the breathable kind as I figure that during rain the breathability factor will be pretty much useless. So far the pants from J&G are famatstic. They fit well, they have nice large opening so that if you need to put them on in a hurry while traveling you can do so without taking your shoes off. There is also a nice reflective stip that tightens up the lower cuf. The size was fine as well. I normally wear a size 38 pant, and the size Large (selected using their size chart) fits fine. The pants are made of a nylon coated material so it should not tear easily, and being made in the USA is a nice bonus. Price delivered to my house was $46.

    Happy riding,
    André

  4. #4
    Commuter First newbojeff's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Posts
    1,286
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You didn't mention a price range, but I recommend Showers Pass. I have the elite jacket and the rain pants.

    This morning was 10 miles in 30 degree freezing rain. I had both the jacket and rain pants on and underneath a long sleeved shirt and MTB shorts. Plenty warm and plenty dry.

  5. #5
    Inebriated Ninja Hatters BMonei's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    294
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Fenders, North Face Venture Jacket, and Nike Waterproof Cycling pants.

    There are a handful of options for your feet, depending on the rain.

  6. #6
    Seņior Member ItsJustMe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Michigan
    My Bikes
    Windsor Fens, Giant Seek 0 (2014, Alfine 8 + discs)
    Posts
    11,346
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'll second J&G. I don't have their pants (yet) but I've had a jacket for > 2 years now. It does not show any wear whatsoever. I've worn it every day that it was < about 45*F, plus any day it was raining < 65 or if it was raining hard or doing something stupid like hailing and warm. Probably 300 days of use. I've fallen on the ice on it once, came down on an elbow and scraped, but it doesn't show it at all.
    Work: the 8 hours that separates bike rides.

  7. #7
    Al noisebeam's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    AZ
    My Bikes
    Jamis Sputnik, Lemond Poprad. Retired: Centurion LeMans Fixed, Diamond Back ascent ex
    Posts
    13,881
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    For me it is still not worth getting the rain gear. It is very rare to have rain below 45F here and I never really need to arrive at destination dry/clean as I have a shower.

    I just get soaked. I do have an REI cycling rain jacket I bought a few years ago, but only once used it in 45F rain and I still overheated - it is not breathable, but has arm pit openings. I use it now for the rare sub-32F rides.

    Al

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    N. California
    Posts
    1,412
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    +1 for the Showers Pass Elite jacket and rain pants.

  9. #9
    Member k_tech's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    38
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    i got a $9 vented, hooded rain coat and pants/bib set at a local hardware store. i don't have fenders on my bike, but with the suit worn over my uniform (this weekend was very rainy/yucky) i was quite dry and comfortable at the end of my 3.5 mile commute. i don't think one has to spend like mad to be comfortable. how long this suit will last me, however, remains to be seen. also, i don't pay much attention to aerodynamics, so if that's important to you, this probably isn't the way to go.

    1986 Raleigh Technium 460
    1996 Proflex Attack LE

    http://rurbanlife.com

  10. #10
    Seasoned Newbie
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Portland, OR
    My Bikes
    2008 Cross Check; Santana Sovereign
    Posts
    172
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    +1 on fenders, they go a long way toward keeping you and your bike cleaner. In Tucson I wouldn't invest in anything more than a cheap rain jacket. I commute in Portland, and seldom wear rain gear. Maybe 10% of the time in winter at most. Even then it's only a jacket. Most of the time a water resistant windbreaker is sufficient. Also a helmet cover is good, but you can use a shower cap. Neoprene socks work well if it's cold and wet. Good gloves are worth the investment, though.

  11. #11
    Senior Member scoatw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    central ohio
    My Bikes
    96 gary fisher 'utopia' : 99 Softride 'Norwester'(for sale), 1972 Raleigh Twenty. Surly 1x1 converted to 1x8, 96 Turner Burner
    Posts
    1,260
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    IMO Showers Pass is the way to go. They're jacket keeps me dry and warm. It makes a terrific outer shell in the cold stuff. In the warmer months it keeps me dry and very little sweating, as in none. But not totally. Anyway, I can't say enough about this jacket. It makes an excellent year-round jacket. Spend the extra bucks on good, quality gear. The lower half I wear RAINSHIELD 02 3FLOW PERFORMANCE SERIES PANTS. These keep me dry and warm. Can't go wrong with this combo. On the feet I use Louis Garneau Stop-tech shoe covers. They're light and good to about 35f.

  12. #12
    Senior Member zonatandem's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    Tucson, AZ
    My Bikes
    ariZona carbon fiber tandem & single
    Posts
    9,830
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    We use the O2 Cycling jacket for all-around rain jacket in Tucson. Pit zips, fluorescent yellow and drawstring bottom, if needed. O2 Cycling also has rainpants.
    An emergency rain jacket is a big plastic garbage bag . . . cut 2 holes for arms and 1 hole for the head . . . presto!
    It does not rain that often in the desert, so expensive raingear is not a necessity.
    Do not commute any more (retired!).

  13. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Brookline, MA
    Posts
    514
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    First priority: fenders. Any cheap-o full fenders will work wonders.

    Second: jacket. I have the Showers Pass Elite 2, which is phenomenal. Nice and waterproof, and quite breathable (which is vital to me, since I overheat really easily). I don't wear rain pants, because I always overheat and arrive looking like a steamed lobster.

  14. #14
    Senior Member ken cummings's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    northern California
    My Bikes
    Bruce Gordon BLT, Cannondale parts bike, Ecodyne recumbent trike, Counterpoint Opus 2, miyata 1000
    Posts
    5,606
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If you are on a tight budget get a loose pair of shoes then slip a pair of plastic bread bags over your socks before putting your shoes on. I googled the climate for Tuscon and doubt you need something as good as Showers Pass raingear.
    This space open

  15. #15
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Washington
    My Bikes
    MTB Agressor for now.
    Posts
    864
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    red ledge has cheap waterproof gear, pants and jacket were $70. I just bought some hincappe windtex shoe covers too for $50. I'm very dry when I get to my commute other than the sweat that builds up.
    Life is short, focus on the things that do matter in life and don't forget the rest.

  16. #16
    Senior Member Jarery's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Coquitlam
    Posts
    2,538
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Best cycling rain jacket you can get is a showerspass. If its 55+ F degrees though id recomend a windshirt instead. Either a patagonia houdini or the one I use, a montane marathon.
    Jarery

    -If you cant see it from space, its not a real hill
    -If two bikes are going in the same direction, ITS A RACE!

  17. #17
    -=Barry=- The Human Car's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Baltimore, MD +/- ~100 miles
    Posts
    4,077
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by zonatandem View Post
    We use the O2 Cycling jacket
    +1
    Cycling Advocate
    http://BaltimoreSpokes.org
    . . . o
    . . /L
    =()>()

  18. #18
    member Mazaev's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Brooklyn
    My Bikes
    '05 Fuji Silhouette, '06 Specialized Tarmac Comp, '06 Bianchi Pista
    Posts
    359
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    +1 for the ShowersPass Elite. One of, if not the, most well thought-out and functional piece of cycling equipment I own.

  19. #19
    Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Athens, OH
    My Bikes
    Gary Fisher Marlin
    Posts
    42
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I've got to say, with whatever you go with, the invention of the waterproof jacket is brilliant - it is not nearly as lovely when coupled with the water-absorbent pant. So look into some kind of waterproof pant as well.

  20. #20
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Tucson AZ
    Posts
    584
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Most of my Tucson rain gear came from the Goodwill stores on Speedway east of Swan, or 22nd street and Kolb. We just don't get enough rain to make a big investment in rain wear, and it always amazes me how much stuff there is at those stores with store labels still attached. My jackets are rip-stop nylon windbreakers with nylon hoods and vented armpits. The pants are similar material. One is of the running suit style (no pockets), the other is a pair of nylon cargo pants. I've sewn some Velcro strips at the hems of the cargo pants to tighten them at the ankles, and find them preferable to the first pair. None of this stuff is truly waterPROOF, but it works well enough. And it is just water, after all.

  21. #21
    cyclist/gearhead/cycli... moxfyre's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    DC / Maryland suburbs
    My Bikes
    Homebuilt tourer/commuter, modified-beyond-recognition 1990 Trek 1100, reasonably stock 2002-ish Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo
    Posts
    4,182
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Bolo Grubb View Post
    What do you suggest?
    Waterproof shoe covers. You'd be *AMAZED* how much more pleasant it is to ride in wet and cold weather with these.

    Mine look sorta like these: http://cgi.ebay.com/NALINI-PIOGGIA-R...sid=p1638.m118, except I got them for $15 shipped from someone else on eBay, don't remember who exactly.

    They are really amazingly waterproof, easy to take on/off, and don't interfere with cleats.
    My bikes | Linux and Python stuff | Photo gallery

    Sheldon Brown, I miss you. Thanks for the advice, ideas, humor, and infectious enthusiasm for everything bikes...

  22. #22
    Urban Biker jimmuter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Durham, NC
    My Bikes
    Trek 720 hybrid; 2007 Specialized Tricross Comp
    Posts
    731
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    +1 for the Showerspass Elite again. I wear mine almost everyday when it gets cool. It hasn't rained much this year here, but this jacket also does a great job of keeping the wind out if you close the vents. It also is bright and has reflective material, so it really is useful even when it isn't raining.

    When it does rain and is cold, I have some waterproof pants that I wear and I put on wool socks under my cycling sandals. The socks keep my feet warm and the sandals are made to get wet. I look like a dork though.

  23. #23
    Al noisebeam's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    AZ
    My Bikes
    Jamis Sputnik, Lemond Poprad. Retired: Centurion LeMans Fixed, Diamond Back ascent ex
    Posts
    13,881
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by jimmuter View Post
    When it does rain and is cold, I have some waterproof pants that I wear and I put on wool socks under my cycling sandals. The socks keep my feet warm and the sandals are made to get wet. I look like a dork though.
    I rode 9mi home yesterday 47F & hard rain. Longsleeve poly baselayer with poly T-shirt over it, cycling shorts, & knee warmers. But most important - cycling sandals with thick wool socks. Yes my feet were soaked thru, but warm. My fingers were cold though with lightweight fingerless gloves.
    At home I threw everything in the washer and took a warm shower.

    Al

  24. #24
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    SE Portland, OR
    My Bikes
    Old 70's Fuj, '99? Trek 520
    Posts
    19
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    So what is the difference between the Showers Pass Elite, Elite 2.0, and Touring jackets? Other than the price difference that is.

    Also I've been looking at the very lightweight, packable O2 jacket and pants. They feel a little cheap, has anyone had any experience with them as far as durability and waterproofness go?

  25. #25
    VOTE FOR KEN WIND Ken Wind's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    U.S.A.
    Posts
    980
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I read a thread recently that claimed Showers Pass would be introducing a new jacket next month, so it may be worth waiting to check that out or get the older models for cheaper. The Elite is the first version of their top-of-the-line jacket, and the Elite 2.0 is the second version.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •